Starting on Thursday, December 23, 2021, MeLCat Borrowing and Lending will be suspended while the MSU Libraries undergoes a significant software transition.
MSU students, staff, and faculty can continue to utilize interlibrary loan by placing requests through the MSU Libraries Interlibrary Services department. Community patrons will not be able to use MeLCat through the MSU Libraries during this time, but they can continue to do so using their local public library.
Purchasing Procedures for Electronic Resources
As stated in the MSU Libraries' Accessibility Statement, it is a priority to select and acquire, whenever possible, resources and technologies that are accessible to all. To help us work toward more accessible library resources, we have implemented accessibility purchasing procedures for electronic resources (e-resources) that we purchase from vendors/publishers.
As part of these procedures, the Libraries is asking publishers/vendors:
- For accessibility contact information.
- For Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs) and/or other accessibility documentation.
- To accept/insert accessibility language into our e-resource licenses/contracts. The MSU Libraries asks vendors to accept the accessibility license language developed by the Big Ten Academic Alliance Libraries.
If you have questions about the accessibility of specific vendor/publisher e-resources, please contact Heidi Schroeder: email@example.com.
Big Ten Libraries' E-Resource Accessibility Efforts
The MSU Libraries is helping lead efforts in the Big Ten Academic Alliance Libraries related to e-resource accessibility. In addition to creating accessibility license language for vendor e-resources, the Big Ten Libraries are collectively funding third-party accessibility evaluations of library e-resources. This program provides vendors with a report and the opportunity to improve the accessibility of their products while giving members of the library community information about the accessibility of specific library e-resources.
Accessibility & MSU Libraries' Digital Collections
Accessibility is also a priority for digital collections created by the MSU Libraries. We have staff in our Digital Initiatives Division working on ensuring new digital collections are created with accessibility in mind and that the accessibility of older collections is improved.